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The Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier: A Readers' Edition

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William Jolliff, Professor of English at George Fox University has selected 55 of John Greenleaf Whittier's more than 500 poems with the intention of turning readers into Whittier fans. His guiding focus for this edition is "readability by contemporaries." A biographical and critical introduction and the indentification of themes in each section are important guides. Willi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Friends United Press
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Kristen
I love John Whittier. I would personally rate him the best American poet, second only to Emily Dickinson. I wonder why he isn't quite as famous as the others. My favorite poem is "Choose Something Like a Star," which I understand is often misattributed to Robert Frost. Here's my favortie stanza:

Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says "I burn."
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use language we can comprehend.
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Guess what... Jolliff edited this book
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John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns.
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